Modern society claims to have a firmer grasp on knowledge than past civilisations. We are proud to have access to and control over a vast amount of information—a luxury defining the Information Age. Yet, despite the best scientific attempts, genuine knowledge has escaped us. The enlightened sages of bygone ages explain that the senses are …

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“I know what I need. I know what I want,” you tell yourself. You trust your desires, and following them you hope to ride into the sunset—another happy ending. Or is it? Could you be miswanting? According to psychology professor Daniel Gilbert, people mistake how much happiness they will gain from achieving what they desire; …

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